We have reviewed many websites, and offer them to you as “first steps” if you are looking for information to help your child.
In the first set, each website covers a variety of topics.
In the second set, pediatricians have selected a list of diseases parents are likely to ask about.
Websites covering several topics of interest to parents:
Canadian Paediatric Society is the national association of pediatricians and provides a range of information on many children’s health topics.
Caring for Kids is designed to provide parents with information about their child’s health and well-being. The site is developed by the Canadian Pediatric Society.
HealthyChildren.org published by the American Academy of Pediatrics is a parenting web site backed by 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) provides provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention and consultation services.
HealthLink BC provides fact sheets on over 180 health and safety topics. Translations available. Or call 811.
KidsHealth is part of The Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media. KidsHealth provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens.
About Kids Health from the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children provides a lot of unbiased and evidence-based information including A-Z of illnesses, operations, etc for parents. About Kids Health believes that all children deserve the best possible opportunity for a healthy, full childhood; and that the internet is an extraordinary tool that offers a unique opportunity to support better pediatric health in both advantaged and vulnerable populations in Canada and world-wide.
There’s lots of useful information for parents on the MedSchoolForParents website, which is authored by Dr. Ran Goldman from the BC Children’s Hospital.
The purpose of the Family Support Institute is to strengthen and support families faced with the extraordinary circumstances that come with having a family member who has a disability. They believe that families are the best resource available to support one another. Directed by families, the Family Support Institute provides information, training, and province-wide networking to assist families and their communities to build upon and share their strengths.
Decoda Literacy Solutions is the provincial literacy organization. Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. Early reading and thinking skills are learned at home. Support materials for parents can be found on this site.
Be Smart, Don’t Choke is an evidenced-based educational website that fits within science and social responsibility curricula for preteens and teenagers. Exposure to this website was found to significantly improve teenagers’ understanding of choking hazards and choking prevention. By teaching children before they finish high school (as well as parents and other adults who care for children), the website is intended to create a generational impact.
Provincial Infant Development Programs.
The Gender-Affirming Roadmap for Patients and their Families provides information about the different services and resources that may be considered at various points during the process of exploring one’s gender identity or transitioning.
Common and uncommon diseases parents ask their pediatricians about: